ReWork by Jason Fried is all about modern business practices. How to work smarter with less. How to get more from your people.
I knew I’d like the book and I wasn’t disappointed.
It is very easy to read, divided into small sections each… Continue reading →
As we approach Christmas, it’s a good time to reflect on the business and plan for 2014. Ideas that have been suppressed whilst doing the day to day work come to the fore. It may involve getting new business, changing direction, developing new services.
Generally its a worthwhile time to review the website to make sure it still targets the right audience and clearly defines the services or products you… Continue reading →
Have you ever considered employing a graduate? Apart from the time it takes to source a decent one, there’s the risk of them not working out.
Yesterday I met a friend who has recently employed 5 young animators working on a big media project. He’s working 7 days a week to meet the deadlines so has little spare time.
If one of the graduates does not pull his or her… Continue reading →
In partnership with Business in Yorkshire (BiY), we have put 12 graduates through a rigorous 3 part workshop to get them “business ready” to work in smaller dynamic businesses.
I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of their contributions. Plenty of creative thought, joined up thinking and practical suggestions.
The final stage will be an event on 5th December. We will bring the graduates together with owners interested… Continue reading →
Successful projects are as much about planning and structure as they are about delivery. Larger organisations will look to Prince 2 as the basis for the project.
However it is far too unwieldy for smaller businesses. Yet if you strip Prince 2 back to the basics there is a framework that would be flexible enough for a simple project. My Mentored Graduate Programme incorporates all the elements despite there… Continue reading →
Most small businesses could use technology better to improve sales and expand into new markets. With guidance, a marketing graduate could be a solution to this problem.
Your website has the potential to give you worldwide coverage. Supplemented by apps and software enabling the promotion of your goods and services and easy to set up payment channels, it opens up many new opportunities for businesses.
In practice, there needs to… Continue reading →
What makes a graduate more valuable to you than a non graduate?
Sure, they have gained extra skills at University. But these are only of use if they add value to your business.
How do you employ graduates in the right role to bring out these skills? Should they simply fill a vacancy?
a return of £5.30 for every £1 of investment
Perhaps it is an opportunity to change roles… Continue reading →
I recently went on a “Stop Crashing for Beginners” Mountain Biking course. I’d been out with a group of friends and had to get off and push when others rode on through. Strength and stamina didn’t help here. I lacked the skill.
During tough times like these, it’s understandable that you’ll batten down the hatches.
Word will get out about overhead savings. Does this mean your employees are more likely to dig their heels in? To strengthen their position in the company?
You want the opposite. To see more flexibility in your staff not less.
Defensive employees can stifle the growth you’re trying to achieve
Here are 5 ways in which defensive… Continue reading →
How do you keep employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers and the local community all happy at the same time in a business?
Its a juggling act that all business owners will be well aware of.
Drawing inspiration from Riding the Waves of Culture by Fons Trompenaars, I’ve compiled the 10 Golden Dilemmas in Business
Either motivate employees and reward staff.
Or satisfy shareholders with profit.